Liposuction is a surgical cosmetic enhancement procedure that can help both women and men reduce excess fat that has collected in specific areas of the body. Pockets of excess fat can affect even those who are otherwise in the best shape of their lives, and they can be frustratingly resistant to strict dietary regimens and regular exercise programs. Liposuction from our experienced plastic surgeons here at Luxxery Boutique can effectively diminish excess fat and create enhanced contours in a variety of body areas.
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In some cases, CoolSculpting® in addition to traditional liposuction can elevate your goal toward achieving the most natural-looking result. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ayman Hakki will discuss the best treatment plan for your individual needs.
Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can both enhance the contours of the abdomen; however, they each target a different concern that may be difficult to improve with diet and exercise. Liposuction can be ideal for those seeking excess fat removal and/or eliminating stubborn fat pockets, while tummy tuck surgery is better suited to tighten and/or remove excess, loose skin, as well as to tighten or repair abdominal muscles. The main difference between liposuction and tummy tuck surgery is that liposuction can only remove excess fat cells—it is not capable of removing/tightening the skin and it does not address the abdominal muscles in comparison to what a tummy tuck can accomplish.
Generally, each procedure is an outpatient surgery that will require days to weeks of recovery time at home with similar side effects of swelling and bruising. It’s also important to know both procedures may be paired together at the same time for patients who are affected by both excess fat and excess skin in the abdominal region. Dr. Ayman Hakki will review all options with you during the initial consultation to create a completely customized treatment plan unique to your enhancement goals.
Our plastic surgeons typically utilize one of two advanced liposuction methods: the tumescent technique or the “super-wet” technique. Both of these approaches can allow for an easier extraction of excess fat cells in the targeted areas and reduce blood loss during the procedure. Our surgeon will begin by making tiny incisions in the treatment area, followed by insertion of long, thin tubes called cannulas. These cannulas will be used to carefully suction out the excess fat and produce enhanced body contours. Residual scarring from liposuction is often barely noticeable since the incisions required for this treatment are typically quite small.
Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and requires general anesthesia in many cases. Large-volume liposuction may necessitate an overnight hospital stay for some patients.
Patients can expect bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the treated areas following the liposuction procedure; however, these effects should fade over the next few days and weeks. Our plastic surgeon will likely prescribe a compression garment to be worn for a specified period of time after surgery to help control swelling. Medication can alleviate discomfort during the recovery process. Most patients who have relatively small volumes of fat extracted are able to return to some of their normal daily routines after a few days. Individuals who have had larger amounts of fat removed may need at least a week of rest and recovery.
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Due to the very thin, special instruments (known as cannulas) used to suction out the excess fat during liposuction, the surgery typically does not create lengthy incisions, and therefore often results in very small scars. As the healing process continues within the first year post-surgery, many patients typically experience beautiful liposuction results with minimal visible scarring. During this time, scars may even begin to lighten, flatten, and blend in with your skin.
There are certain elements that may influence scars and the healing process, such as genetics, skin quality, following post-surgery instructions, use of skincare products specifically for scars, and other factors. Those who may be prone to hypertrophic, or keloid scars should mention this during their initial consultation.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ayman Hakki, takes great care with both incision placement and wound closure. He will customize this procedure with the goal of making any residual scarring as small and hidden as possible.
Liposuction is typically considered a safe procedure when it is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon. There are inherent risks with any surgical procedure, but if it is performed in a well-equipped surgical facility by a skilled and highly-qualified plastic surgeon, the risks can be lowered. For Dr. Ayman Hakki, the safety, comfort, and well-being of the patients are his top priorities. He is happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have at your consultation.
Liposuction is designed to reduce stubborn excess fat and contour the shape of the body, but is not a treatment to eliminate cellulite. The procedure may slightly reduce signs of skin puckering and the appearance of cellulite to a certain extent for some patients, but it is unlikely to completely remove it. This is due to the fact that cellulite is caused by the tightening of fibrous bands of tissue under the skin, ultimately pulling surface layers down and creating the tell-tale “dimples” that are characteristic of cellulite. Liposuction will have virtually no effect on those conditions as it can only remove excess fat cells from the area targeted for treatment.
When it comes to transferring fat, liposuction can be combined with other procedures for optimal results.
Natural breast augmentation with fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is designed to enhance the fullness of breasts by taking excess fat from another area of the body and injecting it into the breast tissue. It can be a standalone procedure or combined with breast implants. Liposuction is used to harvest the excess fat for breast enhancement, essentially providing a double-benefit for body contouring.
With facial fat transfer, fat from one area of the body is transferred to a facial region to enhance volume and definition. By utilizing liposuction, those fat cells are harvested and evenly distributed via injections. This procedure is meant to restore volume in the face and smooth creases.
Our plastic surgeon can talk with you about liposuction and fat transfer options to determine if this advanced procedure may be right for your needs.